The wife of a wealthy Continental army officer and the mother of eleven children, Mrs. David Forman was portrayed by Charles Willson Peale in an interior that was meant to suggest the elegance and bounty of her domestic life. Peale was one of the rare American colonial artists to include paintings in his portrait interiors. The presence of the landscape hanging behind Ann Forman signaled the cultured life of the Forman household, and the gently idealized curves of its composition offered a parallel to the
Identifier brooklynmuseum-o251-mrs-david-forman-and-childCaption Charles Willson Peale (American, 1741-1827). Mrs. David Forman and Child, ca. 1785. Oil on canvas, 51 x 39 3/8 in. (129.5 x 100 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Carll H. de Silver and Museum Collection Funds, 23.51Creator Charles Willson PealeCredit Carll H. de Silver and Museum Collection FundsDate ca. 1785Dimensions 51 x 39 3/8 in. (129.5 x 100 cm)Mediatype imageMedium Oil on canvasRights No known copyright restrictionsSignature UnsignedPublicdate 2010-04-12 14:26:13Addeddate 2010-04-12 14:26:13
December 8, 2011
Beautiful Mrs. Forman
The artist, Charles W. Peale, has portrayed a lovely woman with grace and dignity befitting her status. He is an accomplished portrait artist.